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Cincinnati Reds' highly tout right-hander, Hunter Greene

The sprain is to Greene's ulnar collateral ligament, notorious as a precursor to Tommy John surgery, depending on the extent of damage to the ligament.


Reuters 04 Aug 2018, 01:28 AM United States

The season came to an abrupt end for the Cincinnati Reds' highly touted right-hander, Hunter Greene, who has a ligament sprain in his pitching elbow.

Greene, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2017 draft and the 18th-best prospect overall in MLB Pipeline's recent rankings, threw 19 pitches of at least 100 mph in the Futures Game of up-and-coming prospects held two days before Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

The sprain is to Greene's ulnar collateral ligament, notorious as a precursor to Tommy John surgery, depending on the extent of damage to the ligament.

The Reds are hoping to avoid the surgery through rest and then strengthening, a combination that has proven successful for Cincinnati pitchers Michael Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani in the last few seasons.

"Right now, it's rehab," Cincinnati general manager Nick Krall said. "It's not surgical at this point. We're going to evaluate it as we move through the offseason, and go from there."

After making 18 starts for the Reds at Single-A Dayton this season, Greene will be sent to the team's spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., to strengthen the arm.

Greene, who turns 19 on Monday, was 3-7 with a 4.61 for Dayton. In 68 1/3 innings, he allowed 66 hits, while striking out 89 batters and walking 23. He surrendered six home runs.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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